NetSuite has entered into a strategic Cloud alliance with Microsoft to connect its Cloud ERP to Microsoft Office 365, Windows and Microsoft Azure.
The company will migrate away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and on-premise deployments by the end of the year to leverage Azure as its preferred Cloud infrastructure platform. NetSuite chief executive, Zach Nelson, said the industry was at the "end of the beginning" of the Cloud because the technology was becoming the de facto standard for how fast-growth businesses are run.
"We're thrilled to work with Microsoft to deliver a fluid Cloud environment across the key NetSuite and Microsoft applications that companies and their employees rely on to continually improve their day-to-day operations and run their business better and more efficiently." Microsoft chief evangelist, Steve Guggenheimer, said he was excited about NetSuite's support for Azure Active Directory for single sign-on, Cloud-to-Cloud integration and increasing collaboration across mobile and Cloud solutions.
"Our joint vision is all about giving people the freedom to get more done through the broadening set of devices they interact with that in turn helps businesses innovate and grow." The partnership pairs NetSuite's Cloud ERP suite with Microsoft Cloud technology in both the near and short term.
Integration between the two platforms for single sign on (SSO) is available immediately. NetSuite said this eliminates the need for users to manage multiple passwords.
The integration also gives IT administrators centralised control of user authentication and password management.
Built using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, the integration is said to reduce security risks of user-managed passwords while providing additional protection against phishing and other threats.
The two firms will begin Cloud-to-Cloud integration between NetSuite and Office 365 in the coming months, giving access to both technologies from within a single interface.
NetSuite is also set to migrate its entire employee base to Office 365 during this period.
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